ERIC Number: ED196577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Outdoors--Nature's Learning Center. A Guide for Implementing an Outdoor Laboratory School Program.
Banks, Dorothy E.
The Round Meadow Environmental Laboratory School is an exemplary project designed to aid District of Columbia 6th grade children in overcoming the educational disadvantages of urban minority group isolation, both cultural and geographical, through a school-based and camp-based interracial and intercultural environmental awareness program. During the course of a five-day resident camp experience at the Catoctin Mountain Park site in western Maryland, each student participates in approximately 18 hours of both trail and classroom academic investigation of four predominant aspects of the environment: woodland ecology, stream ecology, geology, and customs, traditions and culture of early settlers. The school-based phase consists of intensive pre- and post-site educational experiences through an interdisciplinary approach to environmental education. This guide presents a history of the program; project management goals and objectives; student performance goals and objectives; a description of camp trails and activities; questions and answers about the design of the program, its staff, and activities; a sample weekly camp schedule; and pre- and post-outdoor school questionnaires used to elicit student expectations and responses to the outdoor school experience. (NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: District of Columbia; Round Meadow Outdoor Learning Laboratory School MD